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Published: Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times Weekly

For all the big names who have put on spectacular shows at Belly Up over four-plus years, not one has given the fans an opportunity to buy an official document of the concert they have attended. That streak comes to a close with the performance on Sunday, May 24 by the relatively little-known group, the Butchers. The local quartet has spent several months saving their money, tightening up their material, and gathering equipment, knowledge and a technical team to record the concert for a “Live From the Belly Up” CD/DVD package. Now they’re asking their fans to do their part ” simply show up for the gig, and cheer on the band. Not a lot to ask, and the Butchers are making it even easier by making it a free gig. Downvalley rock band the Redtones warm up the crowd with an opening set.

The Carbondale Clay Center switches fund-raising gears this year. Gone is the Cajun Clay Night (gumbo, red beans and rice, New Orleans funk music), replaced by La Dolce Vita. The event features an Italian feast served sit-down, family-style, a street dance with music by Acoustic Mayhem, a Kids Fair, and a silent auction. Plus, attendees get to take home a piece of clay of their own ” a cup handmade by a local ceramist. La Dolce Vita is set for Saturday, May 30, beginning at 5 p.m. on the Clay Center’s Main Street grounds.

For years, local stage performer, director and choreographer John Goss has been talking about bringing a revue-style theater experience to Glenwood Springs. The improbable dream finally comes true with the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. The show ” featuring original songs like “Snowboarder on Aspen Mountain” and “Black Bear Rap,” plus classic show tunes ” will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons all summer at the Blue Acacia Theater in Glenwood Springs, beginning the weekend of May 29-31. The cast includes veterans of Aspen’s defunct Crystal Palace, including Gary Daniel, Tom Erickson and Julie Maniscalchi, as well as Goss himself. A deli-style menu and full bar will also be offered.